Meet the Wingnut Candidate: Dick Black

In a Republican party where no one is ever pure enough and it seems every incumbent legislator is facing a challenge from the far right, let’s take the time to meet one of those candidates. Richard H. “Dick” Black is a Virginia state senator challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Frank Wolf, a dreaded “moderate” (meaning he probably wants gay people to merely beaten with sticks, not ritually disembowled). Mother Jones has a rundown of some of Black’s extremist views.

After taking a drubbing in last year’s state elections, Virginia Republicans are debating whether their party has come to be defined by its extremists. But in a congressional district in Northern Virginia, one of the state’s main instigators of culture warfare, state Sen. Richard H. “Dick” Black, is running in the Republican primary to replace longtime GOP moderate Rep. Frank Wolf, who is retiring. And he’s guaranteed to ignite wedge-issue passion. Exhibit A: As a state legislator, Black opposed making spousal rape a crime, citing the impossibility of convicting a husband accused of raping his wife “when they’re living together, sleeping in the same bed, she’s in a nightie, and so forth.”…

The 1999 massacre at Columbine High School, for example, inspired Black to suggest legislation requiring Virginia students to address their teachers as “Ma’am,” “Sir,” “Mr.,” “Ms.,” or “Mrs.,” because, Black explained, “The counterculture revolution of the ’70s took the war into the classroom. Before that time, public schools were a model of decorum, and then we began this thing we’ve seen play out at Columbine.”

In 2003, Black led a fight to prevent a statue of Abraham Lincoln seated with his son Tad from gracing the grounds of the Tredegar Iron Works, a Civil War-era foundry that supplied the Confederate army with cannons. “Putting a statue to [Lincoln] there is sort of like putting the Confederate flag at the Lincoln Memorial,” Black told the Washington Post, adding that the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC ought to be enough. Black even asked the Virginia Attorney General, Republican Jerry Kilgore, to investigate whether any state laws prohibited the National Park Service, which leases Tredegar, from erecting the statue. (None did.)

In 2002, as the Virginia general assembly repealed a ban on spousal rape prosecution, Blackwondered if it was really possible for a husband to rape his wife. He said changing the law could cause a man “enormous fear of the damage to his reputation” if his wife ever filed a false rape claim.

Sounds like he’ll fit right in to the House Republican Caucus these days.

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  • matty1

    He seems to have quite a thing for spousal rape, I hope his wife is safe.

  • busterggi

    I suspect newborns in red states get aluminum foil wrapped around their heads rather than the little knit caps that blue states use.

  • Chiroptera

    In 2003, Black led a fight to prevent a statue of Abraham Lincoln seated with his son Tad from gracing the grounds of the Tredegar Iron Works, a Civil War-era foundry that supplied the Confederate army with cannons. “Putting a statue to [Lincoln] there is sort of like putting the Confederate flag at the Lincoln Memorial….”

    Actually, he has a point. Both would be throwing mud on Lincoln’s legacy. Unless it was replaced by a statue of Lincoln seated on Jefferson Davis. But that would be more appropriate at the place where the CSA Congress sat.

  • Chiroptera

    He said changing the law could cause a man “enormous fear of the damage to his reputation” if his wife ever filed a false rape claim.

    Oh, and this is what, I think, Aiken meant in his “legitimate rape” comment: women make all kinds of false rape accusations all the time whenever it suits them.

    The problem here isn’t just turning a blind eye to marital rape, it’s also part of the horrible paranoia that so many rape accusations are just women making it up.

  • colnago80

    Brayton is a little late to the party. Wolf has announced that he will retire and not run for reelection, as has James Moran in the neighboring district.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    The counterculture revolution of the ’70s took the war into the classroom. Before that time, public schools were a model of decorum, and then we began this thing we’ve seen play out at Columbine

    Gun Violence In American Schools Is Nothing New

  • lofgren

    I just want everybody to appreciate how I am refraining from making a joke about Dick Black’s appeal to white women right now.

  • daved

    Brayton is a little late to the party. Wolf has announced that he will retire and not run for reelection, as has James Moran in the neighboring district.

    What the hell are you talking about? The quoted article already says that Wolf is retiring, and he’s the moderate, not the wingnut.

  • Michael Heath

    Rep. Wolf’s retirement most likely means one more AGW denialist if the GOP keeps this seat. Wolf was one of only a remaining handful of congressional Republicans who conceded the facts that AGW is occurring and that humans are the cause. However Wolf still voted against policies targeting a reduction in greenhouse gas emisssions.

    Even worse, the House leadership just appointed an AGW denialist to lead a sub-committee that’s key to addressing the damage and threat of future damage caused by AGW. Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/16/house-science-schweikert-_n_4613145.html

  • colnago80

    Re daved @ #8

    Here’s what Brayton said in his introduction: You learn how to read.

    Richard H. “Dick” Black is a Virginia state senator challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Frank Wolf, a dreaded “moderate” (meaning he probably wants gay people to merely beaten with sticks, not ritually disembowled)

  • http://Reallyawakeguy.blogspot.com somnus

    Ummm… If you’re in a marriage where you think you’re entitled to force your wife to have sex with you, or live in fear that she might falsely accuse you of doing so, then what you actually have is a deeply dysfunctional relationship that shouldn’t be considered a marriage in the first place. Wonder hat this guy’s position is in divorce, because he’s describing a situation that screams out for its necessity.

  • pocketnerd

    In a Republican party where no one is ever pure enough and it seems every incumbent legislator is facing a challenge from the far right…

    How has riding that tiger worked out for you, GOP?

  • eric

    Here are some recent election results for that district (the 10th). It looks to me like, at least since 2008, it’s been pretty purple. I think the GOP would be absolutely insane to support this guy in their primary, because if demographics are purple, he would lose hard in the general election.

  • clayhale

    Not purple in the least. Wolf won by 15% or more every time for the past 5 or 6 elections. Cuccinelli won in the district by at least 20%. Jackson did almost as well. Any Republican would have to be caught putting babies on spikes to have a decent chance at losing in the general election in the 10th. The Democrats would have to run an actual bald eagle wrapped in Old Glory and carrying apple pies to veterans in order to be competitive even in that scenario.

  • eric

    Clay Hale – that’s not what this site says.Where are you getting that 20% number? I’m not disputing you, just curious. Could you be quoting a county result for Governor instead of a district result? The 10th includes pieces of a bunch of different counties. Some of those are very red. But, for example, Fairfax and Prince William are not.

  • clayhale

    The 15% is from the state board of elections for the Congressional results. On the 20% margin, I made a rookie move – roughly weighted average of the county results, however I forgot that a substantial number of voters live in some of the independent cities such as Manassas which aren’t included in the county total. Only about 40% of Fairfax and less than 20% of Prince William are in the 10th, so while they have voted strongly D, they don’t offset places like Frederick, Warren, Fauquier etc counties that tend to be strongly Republican leaning even with our rapid population growth. Adding the independent cities, the Cuccinelli margin might be closer to 10% based on party math. Your article didn’t cite a source, I just used general election results from the past few years as published by the state board of elections

  • a_ray_in_dilbert_space

    Hmm, shall we introduce him to fellow Republican Karen Hughes?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/12/karen-hughes-rape_n_2117174.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

  • colnago80

    Re clayhale @ #16

    According to the wiki link, Obama carried the district in 2008 and Rmoney barely carried the district in 2012. At least in the 2 most recent presidential elections, the district appears purple.

  • Trina K

    @lofgren #7:

    Hahahahaha

    Racism is funny!